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Helpful (5)

Depends on where you end up.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The perks, food and transportation being the main ones, but there are lots of things that make it a geek's paradise if you're into that sort of thing - games everywhere, free tickets and shuttles for some movies when they open (Transformers was one), etc. Let's face it, it looks good on your resume. The chance to meet some very bright and interesting people. There are so many opportunities to educate yourself about the world through your employer - everything from tech talks on a variety of technical topics to visits by politicians and public figures. It's cool to be on the inside and learn about new products everyone else will be talking about soon.

Cons

My experience was that of an intern so it may not be typical, but I ended up doing work I had absolutely no interest in and didn't envision getting my degree for without much opportunity to do something different. When interns are recruited they don't have much of a say on what type of work they'd like to do, so if you're stuck with something you don't like and want to work on more interesting things, that's what evenings and weekends are for. If you have a PhD you can do some fascinating things at Google, but if you just have an undergrad degree you might be better off at a smaller company where you will get more opportunities to do different kinds of work that span several job positions at Google.

Advice to Management

Products like Lively are released while some others with much more potential have been languishing in development for years. Seriously, what are you thinking?

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (7)

    Great company to work for still, but flaws lower morale

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - good benefits & good salaries. Google treats its engineers very well, even in these economic times - very smart people, world class engineers (quality varies from group to group, though) that make very fun co-workers whether to discuss life, politics, or engineering - big impact. You know the stuff you build can affect, positively or negatively, millions of users

    Cons

    - inconsistent vision. You're never quite sure what senior management is thinking, or whether they have a master plan. In fact after working there for several years you're beginning to think they don't. A lot of decisions are whim decisions. Projects get killed on a whim and resurrected on a whim - launches & rollouts extremely frustrating. A lot of launch gates & reviews, some are understandable but some are quite ridiculous. Too few people control too many aspects of things.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending you're a "big company with startup culture." Admit that the "startup culture" is gone and it's time to build a new culture based on reality.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great people, Great intentions, sometimes boring work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Financial Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Financial Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits of course. Free food, free transportation, gyms. The people are all great people to work with. They are people I would have chosen as friends - I just didn't have to look far for them.

    Cons

    Mundane work. If you are not an engineer, you are considered back office. Surprisingly the systems have not been developed enough so you end up being the band-aid holding things together.

    Advice to Management

    Pick NEW middle management. Hire professional training companies. Get a career path going. Stop giving MBAs a job that involves copying and pasting.


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